Paul Ashton BA (Hons) Senior Consultant
Having joined KKP in 2013 Paul has already accumulated extensive experience in the management and delivery of PPS assignments and a range of associated research and evaluation processes. A graduate of the University of Cumbria, Paul studied Coaching and Sport Performance in Lancaster where he was actively involved in several sports within the University and local community.
His primary role on playing pitch assessments is consultation to assess need and audit provision, applying his personal knowledge and experience of community sports, clubs and governing bodies. Having an extensive record of experience and interaction with clubs enables Paul to empathise and identify with the organisational issues in question, as well as those concerning facilities provision and development. He understands fully the issues surrounding grass pitch and AGP provision, surface quality and suitability of changing and surrounding facilities.
Before joining KKP, Paul held positions in the leisure, health and fitness sectors all of which allowed him to hone his skills, combined with his sporting background, setting him up perfectly to provide high quality, professional consultancy work in the sporting arena. An experienced amateur sportsman, Paul has played cricket and football to a high standard and currently plays and coaches rugby league at his local club.
He is also an evaluation specialist and has, working in Northern Ireland, visited clubs across 15 different sports assessing their compliance with, approach to and the benefits gained from their Clubmark NI accreditation. This work has been combined with the conduct of a range of assessment interviews to evaluate the impact of the Sport Northern Ireland Active Communities initiative.
Paul thrives in a team environment and his people orientated approach supplements his analysis and problem-solving abilities. He is a self-motivated individual, comfortable and competent in working to deadlines, able to solve problems on his own or in collaboration. Paul builds and maintains excellent working relationships, leading to high quality data, insight, analysis and recommendations.
- Playing pitch strategies
- Open space, sport and recreation assessments
- Community consultation